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Bohac v. Department of Agriculture
Petitioner appealed her termination from her job as a research geneticist with the United States Department of Agriculture to the Merit Systems Protection Board. She alleged that her termination violated the Act, which was designed to protect government employees from being fired for revealing embarrassing information about the department that employs them. Petitioner asked for $14,021.32 for pecuniary damages and was awarded this amount. Petitioner asked for $150,000.00 non-pecuniary damages for emotional and physical suffering, loss to her personal and professional reputation, and damage to her family life. The Administrative Judge for the Merit Systems Protection Board, who heard her appeal denied Petitioner’s claim for non-pecuniary damages. He interpreted the relevant section in the Act to not include non-pecuniary damages. Petitioner appealed to the full board, which also denied her claim for non-pecuniary damages.
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